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Last Updated: Tuesday September 07 2010 12:10 GMT

In pics: Hero dogs from the World War II Blitz

Beauty, hero dog from World War II

Beauty is one of the many hero dogs that helped save lives during the World War II Blitz bombings, which began on 7 September 1940.

Beauty, hero dog from World War II

Her owner was an animal rescuer and took her out on patrol with him. Beauty started rescuing animals herself when she went digging one day and saved a buried cat!

Irma, hero dog from World War II

Irma the Alsatian helped save hundreds of people, including two young girls trapped under a collapsed house. Irma sniffed them out and refused to budge until they were found.

Jet, hero dog from World War II

Jet the Alsatian became one of the most successful search dogs after going to "war dog" school. He was called out every night until the air attacks on London finished.

Rex, hero dog from World War II

Rex was known for using his intelligence and determination to find people trapped in burning buildings. He was really brave as he had to fight through thick smoke, heat and dirt.

Thorn, hero dog from World War II

Another brave Alsatian was Thorn, who once amazed rescuers by finding an entire family trapped under a burning house.

Rip, hero dog from World War II

Rip was a stray mongrel that was adopted by air raid wardens after his home was bombed. He went on to rescue more than 100 people.

Peter, hero dog from World War II

Collie Cross Peter's proudest moment was saving a small boy after one of the last flying bomb attacks on London. Peter even got to meet the king at the time, King George VI!